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China Send Vessel "Fendouzhe" Into Earth's Deepest Ocean Trench With 3 Men On Board
The vessel "Fendouzhe", or "Striver", descended more than 10,000 metres into the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench with three researchers on board
China Send VesseL "Fendouzhe" Into Earth's Deepest Ocean Trench With 3 Men On Board
New Delhi: China has live-streamed the footage of its new manned submersible parked at the bottom of the ocean, the latest foray by the country's scientists into the Earth's deepest ocean trench.
The vessel "Fendouzhe" or "Striver" descended more than 10,000 meters into the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench with three researchers on board, state broadcaster CCTV said.
The video footage shot and relayed by the deep-sea camera showed the green and white submersible moving through dark water surrounded by clouds of debris as it slowly touched down on the seabed.
Earlier Fendouzhe this month set a national record of 10,909 meters for manned deep-sea diving, just shy of the 10,927-metre world record set by an American explorer in 2019.
The submersible equipped with the robotics arms to collect biological samples and sonar "eyes" that use the sound wave to identify surrounding objects, is making repeated dives to test its capabilities.
It is observing "the many species and the distribution of living things on the seabed", scientists on board told CCTV.
The researchers will collect specimens for their work, said the broadcaster.
"It takes more than two trials before we can call it a real success," Zhu Min, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences involved in the mission, told CCTV on Tuesday.
(With Inputs from AFP)